In a disaster for many parents during the holiday, Build-a-Bear has issued a recall for roughly 300,000 “Colorful Hearts Teddy” bears due to a choking hazard. The culprit, shown left, contains “substandard fabric” in some runs that may allow an eye to break free, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
What I find remarkable is that this bear alone was sold to 284,000 children in the United States and 13,200 in Canada. That is just one of the bears.
The bad bear is 16 inches high with black plastic eyes. The body is covered in multi-colored heart shapes. Children will be given a coupon for a new bear after bringing their friend to the teddy bear dump for recycling. That should leave a lasting memory. There is no viable claim for negligent infliction of emotional distress in forcing a child to give up her beloved teddy bear so it can be mulched.
The company is answering questions at 866-236-5683 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Saturday, and between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Sunday.